The biggest clubs in the Premier League are planning their transfers this summer.
While Euro 2020 and Copa America will keep most football fans busy in the coming weeks, chairmen and agents will be on the phone at the same time around the globe.
There have already been some interesting developments as Liverpool reportedly signed Ibrahima Konate and Manchester United who reportedly have personal terms on the purchase of Jadon Sancho.
Transfer window in summer
However, there are still many narrative threads to be tied in over the coming months, and you can guarantee a few referrals will come out of nowhere before Deadline Day.
But that doesn’t stop our imaginations from running wild in the insane, if ultimately futile, quest to line up the Premier League’s strongest teams for the 2021-22 season.
In addition, the transfers made by the main clubs are simply crucial in predicting the course of the campaign, especially given a year in which the arrival of Ruben Dias was groundbreaking.
Sancho completed today? (Football terrace)
Potential 2021/22 XIs
With that in mind, we’ve made it our business to imagine how all the Big Six clubs could position themselves for the 2021/22 season if they complete their potential signings before summer.
With so many rumors and reports floating around, it is obviously impossible to say exactly who each club will sign, but we have been courageous in selecting both ambitious and realistic purchases.
Of course, there won’t be any overlap, and we’re not going to add huge deviations to the equation so as not to complicate things, so people like David de Gea and Paul Pogba will stick with it.
Ranking of the “Big Six”
Oh, and this is the internet age, so we’re actually going to sort the lineups from strongest to weakest. See how they play out and compare them below:
It’s just a ‘meh’ isn’t it? Don’t get me wrong, Ben White and Ruben Neves would improve Mikel Arteta’s side, but that’s hardly a guarantee of Champions League football.
As for Andre Onana, the Ajax man’s doping ban has been reduced to six months so we just have to wait for Arsenal to decide on a replacement for Bernd Leno.
5. Tottenham Hotspur
Even in a world where Spurs whip Harry Kane – more on that later – they still face the prospect of a stronger squad than their north London neighbors.
Joachim Andersen and Max Aarons would be potentially cheap but smart buys, Marcel Sabitzer could be a game changer in midfield and Wout Weghorst has tons of potential in the Premier League.
It’s crazy to think the most exciting new signing here is Virgil van Dijk and make no mistake that Liverpool, who finished fourth, is not a weakness for them but evidence of the threatening potential transfers of the top three.
3. Manchester United
This XI is terrifying, and I mean really terrifying, which just shows the dizzying quality we’re talking about with the first two.
United would be serious title contenders as Sancho fills their right-hand gap, Jules Kounde finally gives Harry Maguire a world-class partner and Declan Rice solves the “McFred” problem.
I’m afraid to think what the Champions League title could do with Erling Haaland at the top, which is not easily possible with Roman Abramovich in this case.
Marry that with the prospect of Achraf Hakimi wreaking havoc on the left and Timo Werner and Kai Havertz finally getting good in the Premier League, and Chelsea will be a real threat.
1. Manchester City
The only real rift in Pep Guardiola’s armor is the lack of a distinctive number nine and City’s financial strength could be what it takes to get Kane out of Tottenham.
And when you consider that a mega-money exchange is also being touted for Jack Grealish, the Citizens could be just two purchases away from becoming Premier League Centurions again.
Threatening potential XIs
Look, I think we all agree that a world where City gets their hands on both Grealish and Kane can only end with one result: The Citizens win their fourth Premier League title in five years.
Obviously, these potential XIs depend on a great many things that will happen over the course of the summer and no doubt some of these potential transfer agas will fizzle out.
From today’s perspective, however, we are confident that the “Big Six” clubs are looking for at least something like the starting XI mentioned above, which would certainly make for an exciting 2020/21 season.
Let’s go … well, of course after Euro 2020 and the Copa America.
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